Replacing a light bulb should be one of the most natural things to do right? Unfortunately, in most cases, we choose the wrong light bulb for the fixture.
Why I decided to share some information about How To LED Light Bulbs guide. To offer some suggestions on finding the correct replacement LED light bulb color temperature the first time.
Indoor lighting impacts our lives every day. Whether we realize it or not. Natural light and artificial light affects how we feel, look and go about out chores in our home. Implementing the right lighting in these spaces in our house requires some planning.
In the days of yesteryear. When we went to the store for a light bulb, we would look for a traditional incandescent. Usually a 60-watt light bulb. Go to the cashier and be on our way. Today with the introduction of LEDs, compact fluorescents (CFL), and Halogens. The process is a bit different. We need to educate ourselves about light bulbs and approach the purchasing process as an informed consumer. We have to learn a new language.
We now have to read the Lighting Facts label on the box to compare lumens (brightness)to wattage equivalents.
Kelvins (K) which is color temperature. Ranging from 2700K warm yellow which is closest to traditional general purpose incandescents. Up to 3000K brighter white light which is suited for work areas, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Take the old bulb with you when replacing the bulb and compare brightness (60-watt equivalent) or 800 lumens (9-watts) to the new bulb. Then find the color temperature that you would desire either warm yellow or daylight white.
New LED Light Bulbs also have a feature called CR or Color Rendering Index. CR is a scale that compares the light emitted to natural sunlight. A CR Index of CR90+ would be as close to natural sunlight.
Your grocery store uses light bulbs that have a high CR. Because it enhances colors of meat, food produce. Galleries use it to bring out the best of paint colors.
Proper lighting promotes a better feel and function. The same goes for your home. The American Lighting Association recommends three types of lighting for your home. The first is ambient lighting all-embracing illumination. The second is project light. Working at your desk or in the kitchen preparing meals. The third is to emphasize a particular space or painting on the wall.
Features You Should Consider and Maybe Want
Determine how and where the new light bulb will function. When choosing the new lamp ask yourself a few questions. First, where and how is the light bulb going to be used? Does it need to be dimmable?
Check the Lighting Facts to see if the bulb is a dimmable lamp. Not all light bulbs are dimmable. To check compatibility, Lutron offers an excellent online tool for testing compatibility.
Will it work in an enclosed fixture? Not all bulbs work in an enclosed fixture. Or work outdoors in a high humidity environment. Is the light bulb operating with a motion sensor or photocell? Consider all particular applications before making your decision to purchase.
Making The Most Of Your Lighting
Your light works in harmony in your home with natural light. You can use mirrors to make the room feel larger than it is. The type of paint also plays a part in the scheme.
Choosing glossy or eggshell paint finishes will help resonate lighting in the space. As opposed to flat or matte paint finishes will tend to diminish the light.
Did you know a 60-year-old requires twice as much light compared to a person half his age? This information acquired from the American Lighting Association.
LED Light Bulbs
Light Emitting Diodes are the best choices for replacement light bulbs. They are 80 percent energy efficient. LED Light Bulbs saves you money.
A traditional incandescent light bulb takes approximately $8.00 a year to operate as compared to about a $1.00 a year to use a LED Light Bulb.
Incandescents and Halogens produce heat whereas a LED emits little heat. Incandescents made of glass are subject to damage. And only last about a year.
LEDs have a lifespan of 15-20 years of life. And made of plastic and are incredibly durable. If you are using CFL’s, you are not going to see much of a difference in energy savings.
I should tell you that CFL’s will soon be on the list of bulbs to go away. The clear choice is to replace your light bulbs with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).
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